Project Description

Peace Walk Duluth | Destination 5 | Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial

Now cross Second Avenue East and walk across Superior Street. Continue up Second Avenue to First Street (one block). At the corner on the left is the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial.

This is the site of a 1920 lynching of three young African American men. While this entire walk is designed to be meditative, this site demands it. It is a place to contemplate how a city can face its past, learn from its mistakes, and draw inspiration from its martyrs.

Most US cities have lynching trees or other sites of racial atrocities, but we are not aware of any other cities that have erected similar monuments to commemorate past mistakes. It has been a useful tool in trying to understand and correct long standing patterns of racism.